The Edwards AFB Bombing Range. Photos and info of aircraft, weapons, and targets. Home of the Range Rats.
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Aircraft and vehicles on the Range
US Air Force Photo
Range Control Station Compound

This tiny, remote compound is where our activities were based from. Most of our duties took place in the surrounding 150 square miles of desert.

For a larger view, and additional details, click the picture.

Franklin 1929 Franklin

This was originally located by the Strip Range, until I moved it to the Range compound parking lot, as part of a display we made.

It was subsequently put back together by another Range Rat, who was familiar with the type.

Inset: A 1927 Franklin Tandem Sport

Also in the compound display was a 1903 75mm cannon, a 1940-50s era gasoline pump, and various other artifacts.

Northrop X-21A

One of the celebrated "X planes", this was a highly modified B-66 Destroyer. It had thousands of tiny holes in the skin of its wings, through which air was pumped, to study the boundary layer on wing surfaces.

Inside was an incredible array of electronics and wiring, to control the airflow, as well as to record data.

This is one of two of these aircraft on the Range.

Soviet BRDM2-A

This is a full-size replica of a Soviet Armored Scout Vehicle.

It was constructed of fiberglass, and lined with a special metal coating, to reflect radar.

Originally it was placed on PB-3, and eventually fell prey to the savage desert winds.

F-4 Phantom II

Another aircraft along Photoresolution Road.

All the aircraft here are the property of the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio. They are never used as targets for weapons, only as radar, laser, photo, and visual targets.

Frag Bomb
M40A1 Fragmentation Bomb

Upon detonation, the spiral metal band would fragment into many pieces, inflicting much damage and injury to equipment and personnel.

This unit probably dates from the 1940s or 1950s.

Being the Unit Weapons Safety Officer, I was on a quest to find old live munitions, which I would then take EOD to so they could detonate them.
Good fun...

T-38 Talon

The T-38 was a trainer aircraft based on the lightweight F-5 Freedom Fighter. It saw service for nearly 40 years, until replacement by the T-39 in the 1980s.

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© 2002 Dan Younker